Ty Law was fitted for his red Patriots Hall of Fame jacket Monday at The Hall at Patriot Place, and when he slipped it on, there was a sense of finality that came with it.
"You might wake up in the morning and say 'I can still do this. I've got 15, 20 plays in me,' " Law told reporters. "But wearing this coat right now that puts the nail in the coffin. That ain't happening no more."
Law will be inducted to the team's hall of fame Friday at 4:30 p.m. before the Patriots hold their training camp practice inside Gillette Stadium for season ticket holders at 7 p.m.
Though putting on the red jacket may feel different from pulling a jersey over shoulder pads, Law is happy to reflect back on his 10 years with the Patriots. He finished out his career playing for the Jets (2005, 2008), Chiefs (2006-07) and Broncos (2009) and works for Comcast SportsNet during the season as a football analyst.
"I'm happy man 15 years of playing and I still enjoy the game," he said. "I get to be around it, talk about it, I get to live through it with my man Darrelle [Revis] wearing that No. 24 on the corner. I'm in a good place.
"I can probably say now more than any time in my playing career that I'm content about where my career went and I can hold my head up high. I don't have any regrets . . . I'm just happy to be a Patriot for life."
Law and Revis' relationship has been well-chronicled. Law has served as something of a mentor to Revis for years since they are from the same Pennsylvania town: Aliquippa.
"Darrelle is special," Law said. "He is a different level. So when you look at the secondary now, when you look at another 24 out there and that elite of a cornerback and as a football player, you can really see these guys getting over the hump again. And bringing back home the trophy, where I think it belongs because we always strive to be champions."
With Revis in the mix Law said that not only do the Patriots have the talent to win a Super Bowl, they could be the best defense New England has seen in a decade.
“I think it is," Law said, "because you’ve got to talk about the experience there is -- not only with the secondary because I think that was one of the weaker links in the defense for the last few years -- but you strengthened that five times with Darrelle Revis and you have [Brandon] Browner there. [Rob] Ninkovich getting another year of experience, [Vince] Wilfork. There’s a different type of leadership. Chandler Jones, another year of experience. So it is going to be amazing what these guys can do.”